An insurance settlement for the North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field, a resolution for the appointment of a U.S. District Judge and a request for the purchase of property for a new 911 call center were a few agenda items at the Commissioners Court’s meeting Tuesday morning.

An insurance settlement for the North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field, a resolution for the appointment of a U.S. District Judge and a request for the purchase of property for a new 911 call center were a few agenda items at the Commissioners Court’s meeting Tuesday morning.


The Court discussed a request to rescind the existing resolution and appoint two members to the Joint Airport Zoning Board. The Board has two members representing Denison, two representing Pottsboro and two representing Sherman. Airport Director Mike Shahan requested that the court appoint Lee Olmstead and Randy Hensarling to the board to represent Grayson County. The court approved the request.


The court then approved a request for the airport to accept additional settlement money for storm damage at the NTRA. The airport sustained storm damage in 2011 that leveled two buildings, Shahan said. The airport has $99,430.24 in insurance money still outstanding.


Local attorney Roger Sanders presented to the Court a request to adopt a resolution for the appointment of a U.S. District Judge to fill the vacancy in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas.


In 2003, an agreement was made between Sherman, its bar association and the county judge that 50 percent of the Sherman Division docket would be tried in Plano and the other 50 percent would be tried in Sherman. In exchange for splitting the docket, the original resolution stated there would always be a resident federal judge in Sherman. The U.S. District Judge position became vacant in 2006 and has not been filled since.


The Grayson County Bar Association wants to raise awareness about the vacant federal judgeship position, Sanders said. The resolution strongly recommends that the position be filled by local candidates, and that the position be filled as soon as possible.


"What we want is somebody who will … live here, be committed to this place and ensure the presence of the federal judiciary that was contemplated in 2003 when we made the deal," Sanders said.


The resolution requests an appointment of a federal judge, it does not actually appoint one. There are currently two candidates from Grayson County who will be interviewed for the position, Sanders said.


The Court approved the request.


The Court discussed a request to authorize the purchase of 201 W. Lake Street in Sherman. The property would be used for a new emergency communications center, said Grayson County Office of Emergency Management Director Sarah Somers.


The new emergency communications center would specifically be a 911 call center, Somers said. The current call center would be moved from its location at the Grayson County Jail to the new property.


The property is located near a residential neighborhood.


"After talking to some folks in the neighborhood, they like the idea that we’re going to enhance the neighborhood and that we’ll have more security in the neighborhood," said County Judge Drue Bynum.


Judge Jim Fallon expressed concern over the location of the property. The emergency communications center would require a 200-foot communications tower. Homeowners may not like having a "massive structure" like the tower so close to them, Fallon said.


The Court approved the request. Somers said she expects the purchase to be made within the next week to 10 days.


The Court also approved a bid proposal on unsold property from a Sheriff’s sale and the payment of current bills.